Song Lyric Sunday: Culture – ‘Vesti La Giubba’

A complete change of pace this week for Song Lyric Sunday, as Jim has chose the themes of Musical and Opera. As a general rule, I can’t get to grips with musicals, apart from the odd so-called ‘jukebox’ type. The one about Tina Turner was pretty good. When it comes to opera, I do have…

Song Lyric Sunday: Nasty – ‘Don’t Be Cruel’

There’s a dark edge to Jim’s trigger words this week: ‘cruel’; ‘evil’; ‘wicked’. I’m taking this one quite literally. And besides, it was the first tune that popped into my head. You can’t beat Elvis: why even try? You know I can be found, Sitting home all alone, If you can’t come around, At least…

Song Lyric Sunday: Somewhere – ‘Days Between’

I usually try to avoid – albeit for no particular reason – featuring the same artistes on consecutive Sundays, but this time is an exception – and it’s for an exceptional song. AnotherĀ  – the final? – Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia collaboration, ‘Days Between’ is a plaintive, elegaic ballad that featured quite frequently in live performance…

Song Lyric Sunday: Light and Shade – ‘Dark Star’

For Jim’s prompt this week, it couldn’t really be anything else for a self-respecting deadhead but the touchstone of their psychedelic improvisation: ‘Dark Star’ Robert Hunter’s lyrics are intriguing, to say the least, and nothing if not psychedelic –‘reason tatters’; ‘glass hand dissolving’. Unusually, the music is credited to all members of the group (at…

Song Lyric Sunday: Acquisition – ‘We’ll Gather Lilacs’

And now for something completely different. This week’s theme is, broadly speaking, ‘gathering’. This was the first song that came into my head when I saw the prompt. Brits of a certain age (mine) will quite possibly remember listening to the BBC Light Programme early on a Sunday evening, when they would be entertained (sic)…

Song Lyric Sunday: Same/Different – ‘The Same Thing’

Same or different is the choice for Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday this week. You can find excellent versions of this song by The Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead among others, but here it is as performed by Willie Dixon – who did, after all, actually write it in the first place Why do men…